Finding, indicating and storing a location

In the window where you enter your sightings, a map appears on which you can indicate where you saw the species. It may take some time for this map to appear, depending on your connection to the Internet.

How do I locate the right spot?

You can do this in several ways:

1. Click on the spot where you saw the species. By clicking repeatedly, you can zoom in. When you reach a minimum resolution a click on the map will mark the spot. You can also zoom in by using the sliding scale or by using the wheel on the mouse.

2. Enter the place name, or full address (street, house number, town) in the field 'Search for' and click on 'Search'.

3. Click on to go straight to your own address, that is, the address you gave when filling in your personal details.

4. Click on for a favourite location. You can find out how to bookmark a location as such by looking at the section 'Favourite locations' further down this page.

5. Manual entry of coordinates. Click on to show the bar with extra functions. These are described in the next section.

How do I indicate the location of my sighting?

Once you have zoomed in sufficiently you can indicate the location of your sighting as a point on the map. Click on the map and a red balloon will appear with a circle attached to it. This is a point-observation.
Each point-observation has an uncertainty of the location, which depends on how far you had zoomed in before fixing the point. The circle represents the degree of uncertainty. Click on to show or change the degree of uncertainty.
You can also indicate the point by entering the numbers of the coordinates. In a similar way you can enter the code/numbers of grid-squares. In addition you can draw polygons and lines to indicate the location of your sighting. Click on the button 'Extra functions' to get access to this menu bar:

Enter as line: first click on the 'line' button (when selected, this has a red edge) and then draw a line on the map by clicking on the map. Click to erase the last point. With you can delete the entire line. A line always has a border on both sides. The standard width of the border is 5 m, but you can enter any other width. When the line is finished, click on . The line will now be shown with the border.

Enter an area (polygon): Click on the 'polygon' button. Draw a line around the area by clicking on the map, closing the area by clicking on . With you can remove the last point you have placed. Click to remove the whole area.

Click on the 'x-y' button to give the location of your sighting using its coordinates. First select the coordinate system, and then enter the coordinates. Click on to confirm the coordinates and to show the point on the map. This function is only meant for point coordinates. If you want to enter a grid square, see below.

Enter location as a grid square. Although we prefer the location to be given in as much detail as possible, you may only be able to give a grid square. In this case, click on . Next, choose the grid system, and enter the grid square code. Click on to confirm the grid cell and to show it on the map.

Favourite locations

You can save much-visited locations and map sections as 'favourite location', so that you can find them again quickly and easily. Click on to view them, make a new one, or remove one.

First, choose a category. You can choose between 'favourite locations' and 'map sections'. Favourite locations are map sections which already contain a point, line, polygon or gird cell. Thus, when you call up this location, the details are already filled in. However, 'map section' will just show a certain section of the map. You still need to indicate the exact location of the sighting as a point, line or polygon.

Add a location: Click to show a new input field

Fill in the name of the new location or map section and save it by clicking on .

Choosing a location: Select a location or map section from your list and it will appear immediately on the map

Removing a location: Select the location you want to delete from the list. Click on to remove it.